Water for Bandhavgarh's Tiger Protectors
COVID-19 is hurting the tiger community & tigers. Wild tiger attacks have killed 2 people, including an anti-poaching patroller, in just 3 weeks; a third is critical in hospital. Two tigers have died in the last week due to Tiger-Tiger conflict, as the drought season sets in. We're at crisis point. Each day patrollers risk their lives getting drinking water from waterholes used by tigers. With £320 we can install large drinking water tanks at 4 remote patrolling camps to stop this happening.
Every time patrollers use a wildlife waterhole to fill their drinking water bottle to help them cope with patrolling in 45 degree celsius (113F) heat, they risk their lives. Patrol camps and watchtowers are placed at strategic locations around Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve and some of these are fortunate enough to have a hand operated bore-well pump so that they have access to clean drinking water. Where this isn't possible, patrollers need to use the wildlife waterholes to get the drinking water which they need daily.
We plan to install large water tanks in 4 remote patrolling camps which can be filled by water tankers and ensure that patrollers accessing the camps will have access to clean, safe drinking water when they need it. The tanks are designed to hold several weeks of drinking water and will ensure that patrollers can access this safely by day and night. Without these water tanks, patrollers will have to frequent the same waterholes which are used by tigers, leopards, bears & other wildlife, risking their lives as they do
The lives of of the patrollers protecting the thousands of wild animals including more than 100 wild tigers will be saved by the year round availability of water in these water tanks. Furthermore they will reduce the risk of more human-animal conflict which has been on the increase in recent weeks. This micro-project will ensure that we can continue to plan further waterholes for the conservation of wild tigers their forest homes in a sustainable manner with ecologically focused solutions.
Protect Bandhavgarh's Tigers From Poachers
97% of the global wild tiger population has been lost in little over 100 years. Only 3900 remain in the wild so it's vital we protect them and their critical habitat. Around two thirds of these wild tigers (2967) are in India. Poachers have jeopardised wild tiger survival for over 20 years with snares consisting of anchored wires with sliding nooses camouflaged along tiger trails. Our Anti-Poaching Patrols aim to eradicate snares around Bandhavgarh so tigers can walk safely; and to educate local communities to change their attitudes towards tigers and other wildlife.
The world's wild tigers & their forest habitats are under threat. Protected Tiger Reserves are surrounded by buffer zones, intended to define the boundaries of the burgeoning human population. Frequent wild animal movement leads to human-animal conflict in the buffers where poachers focus laying wire snares along tiger trails. Bandhavgarh has lost many tigers in snares. In 8 years, over 360 tigers have died in poachers' snares in India devastating wild tiger populations and threatening their long-term survival.
By providing anti-poaching patrols in the buffer forests around Bandhavgarh we are protecting tigers in a key area for poaching, removing snares so that tigers can walk the forests safely. Our patrols have help to eliminate retaliatory poisonings, in the buffer forests around Bandhavgarh. Our patrols also put a stop to other illicit activities including logging and scarce resource harvesting. Eliminating illicit activities reduces the impact on precious tiger habitat. Our work with local communities helps change their attitudes towards poaching and further support the long-term survival of wild tigers
Bandhavgarh has one of the highest densities of wild tigers in India, a country where forests & wildlife are disappearing at an alarming rate. Our patrols have reduced tiger deaths from poaching by 97% in 5 years. Wild tiger populations in India are slowly recovering due to intense conservation efforts so it is fundamental to maintain this positive impact by continuing patrolling which is key to the long-term survival of wild tigers; whilst educating and employing local people helps to relieve poverty.
Tigers4Ever Waterhole Project
3 years of poor monsoon rainfall has led to severe extended droughts in Bandhavgarh impacting all. Thirsty prey animals enter villages to drink & graze crops. Predators follow in search of food & take livestock. People can't afford to lose crops/livestock to wildlife so look to end the conflict by fair or foul means risking tigers' lives. Our project will provide solar-powered borehole pumps to bring underground water year-round for tigers & their prey thus reducing human-animal conflict.
Over the last 3 years Bandhavgarh has suffered from an acute water crisis due to erratic rainfall & long dry spells. Existing wildlife waterholes previously replenished by rainwater have become dry or almost dry. Wildlife now needs to look elsewhere for water which leads to increased human-animal conflict due to crop raiding and livestock predation. The project will provide water for up to 8 tigers and countless other wildlife whilst reducing human-animal conflict.
The project will provide a solar powered pump & a large waterhole for tigers/other wildlife. It uses underground streams to provide permanent water for wildlife. Surplus water returns via soakaway systems. We installed 3 systems & built a large waterhole with a solar pump filling 4 waterholes in 2018 critical for the survival of 47 tigers & reducing human-animal conflict . Donations will help to further reduce human-animal conflict & save more tigers & prey via the provision of year-round water.
The lives of thousands of wild animals including more than 100 wild tigers will be saved by the year round availability of water. It will lead to reduced human-animal conflict and will contribute to the conservation of the tigers' environment & sustainability through ecologically focused actions.